Region: Netherlands

“Proud heritage, bright future” – what the Benelux IP Office has planned for 2023 and beyond

In an exclusive guest post, the deputy director general of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, Hugues Derème, reveals some of the upcoming initiatives the office has planned.

01 December 2022

Benelux: Trademark procedures and strategies

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2022/2023

The Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property does not provide for protection of unregistered trademarks, the only exception being the protection of well-known marks as prescribed by the Paris Convention. When no registration exists, no trademark rights can be invoked. Timely registration is therefore of the essence.

21 October 2022

The in-house trademark department of 2027: preparing for an innovative future

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Pieter van den Bulck – until recently the global director of intellectual property at AB InBev  – shares the innovations that he sees as key for corporate trademark departments in the years ahead

27 September 2022

Amsterdam Court of Appeal overturns sticker decision in dispute involving famous satirical TV show

Following the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Jiskefet Encyclopedie - a book about a famous TV show that was written and published without the consent of the show’s producers - can again be sold in bookshops without a sticker or insert.

26 September 2022

Counterfeit hotspots in the Benelux region that brand owners must be aware of

In a new edition from our long-running series on physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Benelux area.

05 September 2022

“Different from other firms”: AB InBev in-house counsel departs to found Stobbs Netherlands

In an interview with WTR, Pieter van den Bulck shares his excitement at the “daring move” to jump to an outside counsel role.

22 July 2022

A “spectacular outcome” for H&M as Dutch Supreme Court rules in decades-long dispute with adidas

The Dutch Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by adidas, ending a decades-long dispute with H&M Hennes & Mauritz over its use of a two-stripe mark.

11 October 2021

The BIBBY case: bad faith and bad karma

Samsung has prevailed in a dispute with EBB Development, owned by notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner, with the Court of Appeal of the Hague ruling that EBB had acted in bad faith when applying for the Benelux trademark BIBBY.

01 September 2021

Exclusive roundtable – how four leading IP offices are cracking down on scams and fraudulent activity

Scams targeting trademark owners are fast becoming commonplace and increasingly sophisticated. Four leading IP offices share their insights on which scams are most prevalent, what you can do to stay safe, the resources on offer to help and how offices are collaborating across borders to fight fraudsters.

05 August 2021

Jurisdictional perspective: Benelux

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q1: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

Two trademark experts in the Netherlands – Turnstone attorney Michiel Haegens and Leeway attorney at law Jos Klaus – reflect on the impact of Gleissner’s activities on the Benelux IP ecosystem.

08 April 2021

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